Sneak-A-Peek at Chamber Coffee

(Editor’s note: The Blount County Chamber of Commerce serves 1,350 businesses and organizations from Blount and surrounding counties. During the month of August, the Chamber is conducting a membership drive with incentives to join and become involved in the Blount County Chamber. Information on contacting staff, including Julia Kyle, Executive Vice President of Membership, (865-273-1213, and specific board members who can provide information are available on the chamber website ( or by calling the chamber.

If you are looking for a way to connect with the Blount business community, now is your chance. The Blount Chamber of Commerce is inviting potential members to its networking event next Thursday.

Each month, the Chamber hosts a members-only morning coffee either at the sponsor’s location, or at the Blount Chamber offices on Washington Street in Maryville. On Thursday, August 27, the Chamber Coffee will be held at Foothills Bank & Trust at 141 Foothills Mall Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. This event will be open to members and prospective members.

“It’s a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak,” says Chamber volunteer Boyce Smith of Wal-Mart. “The coffees and other Chamber networking events provide members an opportunity to connect with other business people. Ultimately, every contact is a potential customer, supplier or new friend.”

With more than 30 networking events annually, Chamber members have several opportunities to expand their network. In addition to the monthly Chamber Coffee, the Chamber offers quarterly Afternoon Mixers, Speed Networking and Business Spotlight events.

“My membership and involvement in the Chamber has yielded the highest return on investment of any of the other memberships I hold,” says Smith.

Members also have several opportunities to volunteer on events such as the Taste of Blount, gain valuable insight during workshops, seminars and hear from community leaders during government briefings. Employees of member businesses can also participate in all chamber activities or events.

In an effort to expose more businesses to Chamber benefits, the Blount Chamber is offering a $25 discount on new memberships during the month of August. For more information about Chamber programs visit, or call 865-273-1213.

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